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- Washington, D.C. Alumni Party: Join faculty members Gil Castagna, Rick Starr, and David Tafe at the alumni get-together in Washington, DC, on Friday, April 20, from 6-8 p.m., at James Hoban’s Irish Restaurant & Bar, 1 Dupont Circle NW. http://www.jameshobansdc.com/
Click to make a reservation or call 1-800-Rye-Grad.
- Save The Date: Annual Alumni Manhattan Party at Café Centro is Friday, May 4, 6-8 pm at Café Centro, Grand Central Station/MetLife Building. Join us as we honor retiring faculty members David Tafe, Rick Starr, Bill Lipnick and Karen Clarke. Click to make a reservation.
- Mark Your Calendars Now: Reunion & Wildcat Weekend will take place on October 20, 2012, for the classes of 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, and 2007.
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- Congratulations to senior Alex Gendelman on being selected as last week's Con Ed Award winner for Westchester County. The Con Ed Athlete of the Week Award honors time, effort and dedication to athletics, academics and community. Alex played guard on the varsity basketball team, which won the NYSAISAA tournament this month. He also achieved his 1,000th career point this year. Congratulations also to RCDS Basketball Coach Vin Minotti and to the rest of the players, who contributed to the team's success this season. Bob Wolff at WFAS interviewed Alex about the award. You can hear the interview at www.WFASFM.com. Also, look for an article about Alex and the award in Saturday's Journal News.
- Freshman Melody Hsu has been named a 1st Place Winner in the 2012 International Concerto Competition sponsored by the American Fine Arts Festival. For her audition, Melody played the first movement of Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11, mvt. I. According to the AFAF, “The competition is intended for advanced music students who would like to challenge themselves by competing at a highly selective level.” Winners will perform at Carnegie Hall and also have the opportunity to travel to Russia to perform with the Kostroma Symphony. In addition, Melody has also been named one of five winners of the Yonkers Philharmonic Concerto Competition.
- All nine RCDS spring sports teams took spring training trips to Florida during March break and reported great benefits from the time spent practicing, getting in shape, working on skills, and bonding. Three weeks into the season, the teams’ efforts are paying off.
- Varsity baseball worked through two scrimmages against Kennedy and Westhill High School to get ready to take on FAA opener St. Lukes. The team fell short but bounced back to pick up two wins: Brunswick 1-0 and Horace Mann in extra innings. The team is 3-4 heading into heavy FAA and NYSAIS competition.
- Girls’ lacrosse scrimmaged Holy Child, a game that favored the Wildcats. The Wildcats then won the FAA season opener against King. The team is now 3-0 after defeating NYSAIS teams Fieldston and Portledge. The Wildcats look to move up in the FAA standings and compete in the NYSAIS Tournament at the end of May.
- Boys’ lacrosse started the season with a loss to Hamden Hall, but looks to re-energize against Gunnery and FAA schools.
- Boys’ varsity tennis has started strong. The team, now 3-0, played non-league matches against Hackley, Byram Hills, and Columbia Prep, and now plans to challenge all schools in the FAA.
- Sailing had a terrific start to the season in challenging waters. The team will spend this season building and stabilizing the skipper and crew for the future. Local regattas will soon take place against neighboring schools Brunswick, Greenwich Academy, and Greenwich High School.
- Boys’ golf, now 1-1, aims to develop newcomers to the program. After graduating all but one starter, the team will grow under the leadership of 2011 FAA Champion, Theo Humphrey.
- Girls’ golf lost a close match early to Greenwich Academy. The Wildcats plan to split later in the season and dominate in FAA and non-league matches.
- Track, the newest sport on the RCDS roster, hasn’t taken long to make its mark. At the first Ivy League meet of the season, the team took first place in the boys’ triple jump and high jump. The girls also finished first in the 400, 800, and high jump events.
Lanie Lippincott Peterson reports that she and her husband are still living by the ocean near Savannah, Ga. “We saw three dolphins surfing in the waves on our Sunday walk. Classmates, come visit!”
Carla Wyman Benka writes, “Living in Brookline, Mass., is never dull. I have become increasingly involved in local politics, serving as a Town Meeting member and as a member of the Town's Finance Committee, and currently chairing its Capital subcommittee. Those of you who recall my math aptitude may find that amusing, but I have learned that "people skills" trump just about all others, at least in politics, so I continue to work on being a good listener and maintaining a sense of humor.
"My husband, Dick, took early retirement from his law practice about five years ago and now revels in his volunteer job: teaching and tutoring middle school math at a Boston public charter school. Our daughter is finishing her course work for a dual master's degree from the University of Michigan and is about to enter the job market (again) with a focus on Zoonotic Diseases. My 92-year-old mother lives in a retirement community about 15 minutes away from us and participates in classes and seminars as part of required "structured learning time." Coincidentally, Mary Susan Miller ('Mrs. Miller' to those of us who were in her 7th-grade English class) is one of her neighbors.
"Last month I ventured into our attic and uncovered a box containing RCDS yearbooks, several copies of "Oak Leaves" a program from our senior class play, "The Drunkard", and letters from 1969 classmates: Alex Greeley, Suzanne Davidson Jacobs, Bede Fischbach, Ann Silver, Betsy Freeman Levinson, Betsey Holtzman, Maria Rabar, Seth Cummins, and David Doniger that I received during my college years. Very entertaining, to say the least!”
Lisa Hinkle Scott and her husband, Rick, and two daughters just moved to Wesley Chapel, Fla., where Rick is a finance professor at St. Leo University.
Jessica Greer Morris, executive director of Project Girl Performance Collective, was included in this month's Newsweek list of "Women in the World. 150 Fearless Women." The list recognizes women who are "making their voices heard" by "starting revolutions, opening schools, and fostering a brave new generation." Women from all over the world and various industries were selected.
Project Girl creates a safe space for girls to write and perform their own work. It uses theater as a means to empower young women to become brave, confident, socially conscious leaders. The human rights based curriculum helps young women explore their own challenging circumstances, as well as those of their peers around the world. www.projectgirlperformancecollective.org
Mark Detsky celebrated the birth of his first child when Miles Russell Detsky was born on March 19, 2012. Mark and his wife, Kati, live in Boulder, Colo., where Mark continues to practice law in the areas of energy and water. Mark reports: “It's great to be involved with renewable and alternative energy development and working in the areas of my passion in environmental law and policy. Kati is a jazz and marching band teacher at a local high school. We are big into all things outdoors and got in a lot of world traveling before starting our family. There is a small contingent of alumni in Colorado, and it is always good to catch up with high school friends.”
- 1997 – 15th Reunion, October 20, 2012
Amy Wachenheim McCaffery and her husband, Michael, celebrated the birth of their daughter, Rylan Cayer McCaffery, on March 25, 2012.
Derek Mahoney is engaged to marry to Molly Peters of Rye on August 25, 2012
Julia Turshen was featured in the NY Times about her job as a cookbook ghostwriter: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/14/dining/i-was-a-cookbook-ghostwriter.html?_r=2&ref=dining
Keisha Brown will be moving to Boston this fall to study at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.
Jacob Marcus writes, “For the last three years, I have been working with Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Australia as a research analyst on the equity strategy team. Unfortunately, this fun in the sun could not last forever, as I recently accepted a role with the firm to cover Asia Pacific Japan equity strategy in Hong Kong. I had a great time playing hockey for the Canterbury Eagles down under, and I am looking forward to traveling around Asia representing Hong Kong for the HK Tigers in the upcoming season.”